December 12, 1915

Today In History

Frank Sinatra is born | Hoboken, NJ

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Sicilian immigrants. He decided to become a singer after watching Bing Crosby perform in the 1930s. In 1940, Tommy Dorsey invited Sinatra to join his band and after two years of chart-topping success with Dorsey, Sinatra decided to strike out on his own. The mobs of bobbysoxer fans Sinatra attracted with his dreamy baritone earned him such nicknames as "The Voice" and "The Sultan of Swoon." Sinatra made his movie acting debut in 1943 and in 1945, he won a special Academy Award for The House I Live In; a 10-minute short made to promote racial and religious tolerance in America. His popularity waned in the postwar years, leading to a loss of his recording and film contracts, but in 1953, he made a triumphant comeback, winning a supporting actor Oscar for his role as the Italian-American soldier Maggio in the classic film From Here to Eternity. The Sinatra of the later 1950s brought forth a more mature sound with jazzier inflections in his voice. Once having regained stardom, he enjoyed success in both movies and music for years to come. The mid 1960s marked his Las Vegas debut, and for years was the main attraction at Caesars Palace. as a founding member of the "Rat Pack." In the mid 1960s he recorded the Billboard No. 1 track "Strangers in the Night," which won a Grammy for record of the year. He also recorded the duet "Something Stupid" with his daughter Nancy that reached No. 1 for four weeks and by the end of the decade, he had added another signature song "My Way," which featured new lyrics by Paul Anka.   Frank Sinatra’s Top Hits: 'Summer Wind', 'Night and Day', 'New York New York', 'The Way You Look Tonight', 'My Way', 'Come Fly with Me', 'Fly Me to the Moon', 'That's Life', 'Strangers in the Night', 'I've Got You Under My Skin', ‘Love and Marriage’

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